A “topping out” ceremony on September 9 marked the symbolic installation of the last piece of structural steel for the Health and Biomedical Sciences Center at the University of Houston, which will feature the College of Optometry’s Vision Institute. In keeping with tradition, a small tree and a flag were attached to the steel beam, which bears the signatures of those involved in the project from the university and the design and construction team. Dr Earl Smith, dean of the UH College of Optometry spoke at a ceremony to mark the occasion.
The 167,600 s.f. building, with its distinctive beveled façade, is now visible from Houston’s 5 Spur.
Shepley Bulfinch is the design architect for the center, in association with Bailey Architects of Houston. It is scheduled for completion in 2012.